20 years of Guyokai!

I am extremely excited to announce that it’s been almost 20 years since I started making music! At the dawn of 2022, I will be celebrating my 20 year anniversary. While technically April would be the 20 year mark, I’ve decided to celebrate early! From my humble beginnings using the moniker “Furik” to the most recent “Guyokai”, it’s been a long time! I started Furik in April of 2002 after going solo from being in a rock band as vocalist/pianist. Going from rock music to electronica was a very different change and feel to me. However as time went on, and other projects were developed (such as Iromega Scandal, digitalmonster) it became very natural to me.

Now despite experimenting with electronica, I also had solo rock music as well. “Razor Frank” was an emo project (the genre was extremely huge in the early 2000s) featuring me vocalizing with a piano. “Cadogan” was pretty popular too. More of a shoegazer rock/emo sound with me experimenting with acoustic and electric guitars over dreamy ambient instrumentals and trip-hop beats.

And not to mention “Chandaka”, a one-album project that incorporated guttural death-metal like vocals over extreme metal guitar playing with a dark and progressive metal aesthetic. That album turned 10 years this year, I believe? Hmm.

Anyway, yes i’ve had many, many projects and I wish I could share them all with you although some (if not, most) have been lost over time. Maybe they’re all hidden on a USB thumbdrive or burnt CD-R somewhere in storage. I would like to share them someday, but only if I found them. A lot of my musical projects have last.fm profiles though!

Like it’s been stated, I have been doing so for well over 20 years. What started as a hobby continued with the notion that I would be getting famous from it. At least that was my dream in my youth. That dream soon became nothing more as more people began getting into electronica music and effortlessly became famous. Despite the dream ending, I continued to make music – just for the hell of it. I realized it was only a hobby, still a hobby, and dealt with it.

I still enjoy making music. Now that I am much older, more mature, and that dream is no longer a thing, I only create music because I love it. I want to share it with you.

With the way the world is now, how we’ve come to terms with the pandemic, how we (as a society) have become so apathetic towards each other – my only freedom from the word IS to make music. Everyday in the news is something negative, sad, and depressing. There is no good news anymore. I don’t remember the last time something good was even on the news. So, to try and sway away from negativity, I tried to create more positive and upbeat music (like 1996, 1996 XP, CyberConnect). If I can make a difference to just ONE person with my music, that would mean the world to me.

Thank you everyone for all the support over the years. I really appreciate it. Please keep an eye on my website as we continue on!

With much love,
Jordan (Guyokai)

Just some thoughts.

At first I wanted my album, 1996, to be a darker tone due to my emotions regarding the pandemic. However I felt that would not be suitable and that we have all suffered enough. So, the album (and 1996 XP) were changed to feel more positive and uplifting. I’m going to continue with that route with the new music I am currently working on.